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October 14, Saturday

The Vermont Diocesan Choir Day Committee cordially invites choirs and individual singers, organists, and choral directors to join us for a program of workshops, prayer and choral singing at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 2 St. James Place, Woodstock, Vermont from 9 am. until 4:45 pm. The Rt. Rev. Thomas Ely will officiate. For registration, more information, a repertoire list, and music files, please contact Carl Schwartz at or at (301) 221-4815.

October 22, Sunday

Mass Class after the 10 am liturgy. This is a class in preparation for All Saints Sunday where we will have baptisms. Bring your favorite Teddy Bear or Doll… it will be getting wet. 

November 3rd, Friday, and November 4th, Saturday

185th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Vermont, at Jackson Gore Village in Ludlow, VT. For more information and/or to register for Convention please click here to access our on-line registration system.

November 11, Saturday

Bowling with St Peter’s, 10 am to 3 pm at the Bennington Lanes.

November 12, Sunday

There will be One liturgy at 9 am. The liturgy will be followed by Parish Meeting to talk about Vision and Budget. 


Fr. Justin has posted a wonderful video from the World Community of Christian Meditation. A great thanks to Leonardo, one of the contemplatives at the exchange for recording and making this video. You’ll see three locals, Mark Longhurst the minister of First Congregational Church in Williamstown, Mark Kutolowski of Metanoia of Vermont, and our own Fr. Justin, plus Fr.s Thomas Keating, Richard Rohr, Laurence Freeman, and Tilden Edwards.

There are a number of projects that need to be done. 
Please contact Betsey Walton at 802-379-0879 if you are interested in helping with any of the following:
     1.  The closets in the Parish Hall are going to be straightened up and cleaned out.   If you use space in those closets and want to clean it  yourself, please contact Betsey Walton asap.
     2,  The folding chairs in the Parish Hall should be washed and numbered.  
     3.  The black keys on the front of the church outside of the Guild Room need to be painted.
     4.  The areas on the windows that were caulked last year need to be painted.

The Seedlings After School Program is gearing up for another year at both Benn El and Molly Stark schools. We hope to add a new “pod” of first graders at Benn El. Volunteers are needed for both the first grade pod and the fourth grade pod. It is just 90 minutes, one day a week, Mon, Tues or Thursday from 3 to 4:30. Call Lorianna at 229-921-9729 or email or talk with Nancy Bower (447-0119) or Mary McGuinness (442-5908)

The Bless Bennington project:
The Contemplative Prayer Group at the Unitarian Church has presented this idea:
“The Bless Bennington project is inspired by the historical Big Ben Minute, a campaign in World War II to reverse the despair and helplessness brought on by German Blitz on the UK. People were asked to spend a minute in silence each night at 9 pm, focusing their thoughts on peace.

From a similar spirit, we envision people in Bennington taking one minute each morning at 9 or evening at 9 or any time it occurs to you, to extend feelings of gratitude, love and blessing to the town of Bennington.

Bennington got its name from the founder, Benning Wentworth, did you know that the name Benning means “Blessed”? In other words, Bennington means “Blessed Town.” The Bless Bennington project is a way to acknowledge and cultivate a positive sense, with the goal of contributing toward the overall well-being of the community, now and into the future.

The goal is simply to dedicate a minute or so each day to redirect our thoughts away from what we think is wrong or needs to be improved, and toward what is already right, just as it is, and what we appreciate and love about our town.

One way to begin is to take a few deep breaths and focus on the heart area in order to quiet the mind. It may be helpful to choose a specific positive quality, such as love, gratitude, joy or peace as a focus for the one minute, allowing that quality to radiate naturally from your heart like the glow of a candle. When the minute is up, be sure to bring a sense of closure by returning your awareness to your physical body and to the space around you. You might even imagine a clock chime, bell or gong to close the session. It doesn’t need to be fancy or formal, and of course you can offer love and blessing to Bennington at any time, not just when the clock strikes 9″

Bennington County Habitat for Humanity is searching for homebuyers for a three bedroom house being built in the North Branch Street Development in Bennington. Applications for Habitat’s Homeownership Program are being accepted at this time. For more information call 802-367-1000 or email

Sunday School: Bring the children and have a great time with stories, crafts, lunch and more. Call Mary Gerisch at 379-6311 for more information.

Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales and St. John the Baptist Invite you to the CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF CREATION. Study and share insights in regard to Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home. through the text, short videos, music, poetry and prayer. The next sessions will be offered on October 16, October 23. For further details contact Wilma Johnson at 802—681—7290 or johnsonwa7@

Photo/Image Policy for St Peter’s Church:
The Vestry would like folks to re-read the church’s photo policy. Parents have to sign an “opt in” form in order for us to use children’s photos in print and on-line. Adults  have to sign an “opt out” form if they do not want their picture to be published. The policy and forms are on the bulletin board.

If you are Hospitalized
Because of the HIPAA laws, hospitals are not allowed to notify the Church of your admission. Please call the Church to let us know that you have been admitted to the hospital

The Freezer is Hungry
The freezer can always use more items. When you are making soup, stew, chili, etc., put one extra serving in a container, mark it with the date and put it in the freezer in the hall by the Parish Office. Remember that we try to rotate the food every six months, so it is important to mark the date. Other ideas are a package of hot dogs or hamburger patties and buns bundled together. Thank you to all who put food in the freezer.

Give and Want Board
On the bulletin board you will find a poster labeled “GIVE and WANT”. We frequently give items to charity stores and the needy, so why not share with our friends? List the items that you want to dispose of and any items you would like to have. Check the board and if you can fill a need simply call the giver or receiver and arrange the transfer. It’s easy, and keeps our “junque” out of the landfill. Any questions: ask Tabbie Aldrich 681-7744

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